Background checks are required for all clergy, men in formation, religious sisters and brothers, employees, volunteers, independent contractors, tenants and vendors within the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Authorization and Release forms
Decree Promulgating Safe Environment Programs (PDF)
The Diocese of Bridgeport Policy for Conducting Background Checks (PDF)
A Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (PDF)
Consumer Rights on background checks under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (DOC)
Authorization & Release Forms
The following authorization forms are to be used for contractors and people who work or volunteer for Diocese of Bridgeport. Please email the Office of Safe Environment with any questions.
Clergy (DOC) – Updated 05/19/2015
Employees (DOC) – Updated 05/19/2015
Contractors/Vendors/Tenants (PDF) – Updated 04/30/2022
Volunteers who are not working in scheduled contact with children are required to provide their date of birth. They are not required to provide a social security number on the form although it’s strongly encouraged. To bypass this field on the MYB form, the field must be populated with all 1’s (111-11-1111). Failing to provide a Social Security number may result in negative information returning to the Diocese of Bridgeport, or it could result in duplicate names. In the event that this occurs, the Diocese of Bridgeport will contact you and you will be required to provide your social security number in order to be identified.
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Independent Contractors who already have a criminal background check screening process in place through their company should first contact the Diocese of Bridgeport Office of Safe Environments. A letter on official company letterhead signed by an authorized representative of the company (preferably an officer) is required indicating that all site based individuals have successfully completed a criminal background check and are clear of any crimes against children. The full names of all site based employees and the date of their background check must be included in this letter. In the event that the company does not conduct background checks on their employees, the Diocese of Bridgeport will assist the company with establishing an MYB account below by calling (203) 416-1406.
Security Measures in Place (PDF)
All first time applicants must pre-register online in the VIRTUS system by visiting www.virtusonline.org prior to working or volunteering. All Seminarians and Candidates for the Diaconate must renew their background check upon ordination. Background checks must be renewed any time there is a gap in service or ministry and every 5 or 10 years depending on your role in Church activities. See the chart below.
|5 Year VIRTUS Training (In-person or online) & Criminal Background Check Renewal is required for the following categories of personnel in the Diocese of Bridgeport.
This category of personnel is also required to complete annual online continuing Education.
|10 Year VIRTUS (Online or in person) & Criminal Background Check Renewal.
Parishes and Schools must review each category of volunteers below to ensure that they have no scheduled contact with children or no supervisory responsibility.
|Liturgy Volunteers (No scheduled contact or supervisory role over altar servers, minors or vulnerable adults)
|Religious Sisters & Brothers
|Diocesan, School and Parish Employees (Full-time, Part-time and Substitutes)
|Volunteers assisting with Parish mailings
|VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children Facilitators
|Prayer Shawl Ministry
|Local Safe Environment Coordinators
|Volunteers working in scheduled contact with children
|Volunteers at a fair, picnic, feast, bazaar or fundraising event where there is no supervisory role or scheduled contact with minors or vulnerable adults
|Liturgy Volunteers working in scheduled contact with minors or vulnerable adults
|Children’s Choir Volunteers
|Liturgy Volunteers for Child /Teen Mass
|Soup Kitchen, Thrift Store and Food Pantry Volunteers
|Religious Education & Youth Ministry
|Volunteer Coaches and Assistants
|Music Ministry with Adults
|Independent Contractors & Vendors of all after school programs where minors are present
|Scout Troops Leasing Space in a diocesan location (Proof of Boy Scout Youth Protection Training & Background checks are required for all adults on the premise)
All Adult volunteers of Diocesan Sponsored Scouting Troops must complete VIRTUS training and the MYB Criminal Background check
|Sexual Misconduct Review Board Members
|Parking Lot attendants
|Adult Ministry Group Leaders / Counselors/Instructors
|Vacation Bible Study Volunteers
|Music Ministry with minors
|Greeters & Security Guards